Food and Recipes

Common Probiotics Can Reduce Stress Levels, Lessen Anxiety

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety. Studying how gut bacteria affect behavior in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of how probiotics may affect the central nervous system in humans. Their results recently were published in Scientific...

What is the Purpose Behind Your Health Goals?

When meeting a client for the first time I always ask a few questions about their health goals going forward. This helps me determine if their goals are realistic and how they've gotten to the point of sitting and talking with me. I can usually tell a few minutes into our conversation how dedicated this person is going to be, how much energy and time it's going to take from me to help them and whether they'll actually achieve the health goals they've mentioned. The reality is, not everyone has the drive, self confidence, dedication and purpose driving him or her...

Yerba Mate: A Traditional Source of Health and Energy

If you ever find yourself in Argentina, you will most definitely be offered a cup of their national drink: yerba mate. There, they still drink this tea-like infusion with a gourd and bombilla (a round drinking vessel and filter-straw). Slightly woodsy in taste, yerba mate is also preferred over coffee in Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. This beverage is made from the leaves of the shrub-like holly tree, native to the subtropical South American rainforest. For centuries South American tribes have sipped on this “drink of the gods” for its rejuvenative effects, giving them invigoration, focus and nourishment. Argentine cowboys...

Coco Rinse for Good Oral Health

Good dental hygiene and excellent oral health have a beneficial effect on your overall wellbeing. Glossy white teeth not only give you your brilliant smile, but the mouth-body connection has been well established by medical science. Healthy teeth and gums are linked to the prevention of many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, lung conditions, and even cancer. You may find it hard to believe that an ancient Ayurvedic practice from India can transform your body by detoxifying it. Recently, I started using a coconut oil rinse called Coco Rinse by Kismet Essentials. I was instantly impressed when I saw that...

Trust Your Gut: 6 Stomach Issues Not to Ignore

We’ve all eaten or have drunk something that didn’t agree with us. We’ve all caught a stomach bug that was settled with rest, and over-the-counter aid and some chicken broth. While many times we can go at it alone and solve a stomachache ourselves, there are certainly times where it’s necessary to see a doctor. Dr. Gina Sam Gastroenterologist with Mount Sinai in New York City and Associate Professor provides insights on symptoms indicative to common conditions and advises when it’s time to see the doctor. Indigestion Common symptoms include feeling full fast during a mean, a slicing pain, burning or tightness...

Coconut Matcha Smoothie

This is a power packed smoothie that I enjoy drinking for breakfast, or as a healthy pick-me-up! It’s easy to drink and does not leave you feeling heavy, so you’re energized for a busy workday ahead. WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS SMOOTHIE:  Matcha:  As far as its health benefits go, matcha is a powerful antioxidant. It's being used as a pre-workout supplement to increase energy and focus in the gym. Studies have also shown drinking matcha before a workout increases fat loss. So, it's a win-win. Matcha's vibrant green comes from high amounts of chlorophyll. This aids the body's natural cleansing, detoxifying and...

Be Cool This Summer: Gluten-free Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream is a delicious treat any time of the year. But summer is the perfect season for ice cream sandwiches. If you have a gluten intolerance, you’ve probably had to pass them by. Now, you can once again indulge in this old–fashioned favourite. Enjoy our gluten–free ice cream sandwiches, and you’ll never feel deprived. Our cookies are full of rich, chocolate flavour with none of the chemical taste or preservatives of the store–bought variety. You get to choose the ice cream filling, so let your imagination soar with all the possibilities—mint chocolate chip, coffee, strawberry, toffee crunch, checkerboard of...

Fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ Bliss Balls

This eight-ingredient recipe will satisfy any sugar craving! Each scrumptious bliss ball has enough protein to keep you feeling full until dinnertime. The best part? They taste just like raw cookie dough. The protein in these bliss balls comes from Genuine Health’s fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ and is formulated to provide maximum absorption, strengthen gut health, and provide 25 grams of fully fermented protein from grass fed California dairy. Some of the amazing benefits are: digestive health, weight-management, better performance and fermentation. My favorite thing about these bliss balls is that can be enjoyed anywhere and are perfect for taking to work or...

Genuine Health introduces fermented Greek yogurt proteins+

This past spring, to my delight, Genuine Health added a natural protein supplement to their product line-up. In the sea of supplements on the market, it is so refreshing to discover a product that not only contains ingredients that help with digestive health, but is delicious, too. Genuine Health’s new fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ improves the health of the digestive system for maximum absorption. An unhealthy digestive system does not absorb all the protein consumed by an individual. Genuine Health has successfully formulated a supplement that not only delivers the required amount of protein (25 grams of fully fermented protein), but also increases absorption. The building...

Top Food Tips For Surviving the Holidays

Did you know that in order to gain five pounds from now to the end of January, all you have to do is eat an average of 220 calories per day more than you actually need? The holidays typically encourage us to indulge in high-fat, high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients, and this is also the time we’re most likely to make excuses for skipping exercise. One of the most significant diet dangers revolves around sugar consumption. Binging on sugar increases the cravings for it while the body slows down. Along with sunlight deprivation in the winter, sugar binges...